Mittwoch, 23. Januar 2013

Urban Existenz

Rosemarie Trockel : A Cosmos


Rosemarie Trockel
Prime-Age 2012
Digital print
© Rosemarie Trockel, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012
Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London

Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos
13 February - 7 April 2013

Rosemarie Trockel (born in 1952 in Schwerte, Germany) has long been admired for her highly independent and influential practice. In A Cosmos she places her work in the company of others to explore varying disciplines. Central to the exhibition are a number of core works, including new works never seen before in the UK, by Trockel, and arranged around these in a constellation according to type and theme are artefacts, both natural and human.

A Cosmos reflects the artist's interest in creating a space for ideas to exist between different disciplines, past and present. Many of the objects and artworks, selected by Trockel in dialogue with curator Lynne Cooke, produce a context for the artist's work within other fields of inquiry, such as the natural sciences and natural history. Watercolours painted by the pioneering botanist Maria Sibylla Merian sit alongside intricate models of marine invertebrates crafted by Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka, initially used as research tools by naturalists who had no access to living specimens.

Works by self-taught artists, such as Judith Scott and James Castle, are presented in parallel with films, such as Władysław Starewicz's early, pioneering stop-motion animation of 1912, The Cameraman's Revenge. Trockel's appreciation of such variously under-recognised objects and artists stems from her empathy both with the questions their work addresses, and with the directness and inventiveness with which they are realised. These artists provide models of dedication to their chosen field that, for Trockel, are exemplary and inspiring.

A Cosmos traces an historical lineage from the early cabinets of curiosities (the wunderkammer) to natural history and modern art museums through to the white cube of contemporary galleries. Within this framework there is a focus on the relationship between skill and craft, and the practices of self-taught and under-recognised artists, reflecting Trockel's ongoing tendency to overturn traditional disciplinary categories. The objects that make up this cosmos offer a wealth of resonant relationships between different fields of knowledge and experience, proposing that we remain open to new discoveries.

For more than thirty years Trockel has resisted an identifiable style, working in a variety of materials, including wool, bronze and found objects, and a range of mediums, including photography, collage, video and assemblage. The constants of her wide-ranging practice include issues that have long occupied her thinking and that have underpinned her diverse activity, such as contrasting ideas of feminism as well as the divides constructed between amateur and professional, celebrity and anonymity, and the fine and applied arts. More broadly, through her works Trockel probes not only interrelationships between humans and animals but also our impact, as a species, on the natural world.

The subject of numerous solo shows, Trockel's works have been exhibited widely, including at New Museum, New York; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland; Dia Center for the Arts, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Centre Pompidou, Paris and Whitechapel Gallery, London. Trockel represented Germany at the 1999 Venice Biennale and participated in Documenta in 1997 and 2012.

This exhibition is curated by Lynne Cooke and organised by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in collaboration with the Serpentine Gallery.

Press coverage

Connecting Kindred Spirits - 'Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos,' at the New Museum, New York Times, Thursday 25 October 2012

Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos - review, The Guardian, Thursday 8 November 2012

Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos, The New Yorker, Friday 4 January 2013

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Rosemarie Trockel
Prime-Age 2012
Digital print
© Rosemarie Trockel, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012
Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London
Rosemarie Trockel
Lucky Devil 2012
Crab specimen, perspex and textile
Private Collection
© Rosemarie Trockel,
VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012
Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London
Maria Sibylla Merian
Citron with a Moth and a Harlequin Beetle c. 1701-2
Watercolour and bodycolour over pencil on vellum
Royal Collection Trust /
© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2012
Rosemarie Trockel
Atheismus [Atheism] 2007
Mixed mediums
63 x 76 x 65 cm
© Rosemarie Trockel, DACS 2013
Courtesy Kunstmuseum Bonn and Sprüth Magers Berlin London
Rosemarie Trockel
Magma 2008
Vitrified, glazed Ceramics
77 x 68 x 21cm
© Rosemarie Trockel, DACS 2013
Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London
James Castle (1899-1977)
Found paper, soot, string, fabric, twine
53.34 x 36.83 cm
© James Castle Collection and Archive 2013
Aurelia aurita
circa 1876
The Natural History Museum, London
© The Natural History Museum, London 2012
Rosemarie Trockel
Kiss My Aura 2008
Metal, feathers, and plaster
© Rosemarie Trockel
Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London

Montag, 21. Januar 2013

Overhead Projection

Artwork : Lizzie Coleman-Link 2012
reworked  X rays, goldleaf /Indian ink/ Edding  
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Artwork: Elizabeth Coleman-Link 2013
Found images/copies by Julia Margeret Cameron
Text/Indian ink on paper
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